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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS): What to Know About Greg Abbot's Order

On March 19th, 2020, Governer Greg Abbot issued EXECUTIVE ORDER GA 08 Relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation. The Order states, in part,

"Order No. l: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.

Order No. 2 In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options· is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.

Order No. 3 In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

Order No. 4 In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.

This. executive order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This executive order does not mandate sheltering in place. All critical infrastructure will remain operational, domestic travel will remain unrestricted, and government entities and businesses will continue providing essential services. For offices and workplaces that remain open, employees should practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVID-19. The more that people reduce their public contact, the sooner COVID-19 will be contained and the sooner this executive order will expire."

This order is not as restrictive as the orders being issued throughout various counties in Texas. The power-punch in this order is it restricts social gatherings, restricts visits to those in various long-term healthcare unless "necessary," and the work ability for various industries, such as the food and dining industry. Please note that there are other orders in have legal effect your ability to commute away from home.

If you have questions about this order and the application to your current life or near future plans for work or commute away from home, please contact Mingledorff Law Firm immediately at 281-497-7180

The text of the order can be found here: Governor of Texas' Executive Order GA-08 Relating to COVID-19 Preparedness and Mitigation

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